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Lefkada Forgotten Islands: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

1. Lefkada Forgotten Islands: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

The cruise departs from Nidri harbour on the east coast of Lefkada island. Relax on your own on board sunbed as you cruise down the Meganisi channel in the morning sun, visiting first the famous Cave of Papanikolis on Meganisi.  Next stop is the deserted island of Formikula, in the middle of crystal clear waters, the perfect place for a morning swim. You then move on to the island of Kastos, where the boat will anchor in the picturesque harbourside village. There is a beautiful old church to visit and alleyways of traditional stone built houses. Departing the village, the group moves a short way along the coast to the remote beach of Limni. There is time here for guests to have a swim - and the waters at Limni beach are perfect for snorkeling.  A freshly prepared buffet lunch is served on-board. There is rice salad, Greek salad with feta cheese, meatballs, chicken fillet, pasta salad, tzatziki…all served with local Lefkadan wine and soft drinks. After lunch, you move on to the island of Kalamos. Kalamos island is almost entirely covered with forest and has some of the most spectacular beaches in the region. After, head towards the third and fourth swimming stops, the beaches of Asproyiali and Skorpios.

Lefkada: Sea Kayak Experience in the Rouda Bay Sea Caves

2. Lefkada: Sea Kayak Experience in the Rouda Bay Sea Caves

Meet your guide at the beach of Mikros Gialos on the South side of Lefkada island. After a short safety briefing, your guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment and you'll set off. Together with your group, you will start paddling along the coastline and in and out of magnificent sea caves in blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Enjoy swimming at picturesque secluded beaches and snorkel around, visiting the sea caves of Lefkada, which are adorned with stunning stalactites. The distance covered while paddling is approximately 4 nautical miles. A traditional Greek snack and picnic will also be provided.

Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

3. Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Swim in beautiful bays and eat authentic Greek food with drinks on this cruise to the islands of Lefkada and Meganisi from Nidri. See Giovanni's cave and have some free time to explore the village of Spartochori. Depart from the port of Nidri and sail into the historic Papanikolis cave. Head to Giovanni's cave where you can jump in the crystal waters. Continue to Spartochori, a traditional Greek village on Meganisi island. Take some free time to walk around or enjoy a coffee before boarding the boat to Lakka beach. Savor a real Greek lunch served with cool drinks. Go to a swimming spot by the mysterious private island of Scorpio before heading back to Nydri port.

Mikros Gialos: Hidden Blue Cave Half-Day Guided Kayak Trip

4. Mikros Gialos: Hidden Blue Cave Half-Day Guided Kayak Trip

Explore the turquoise waters of Lefkada island on this kayaking tour from Mikros Gialos. Visit a hidden cave and use the included high-quality snorkeling gear to explore the red star fish in an underwater world. Keep your things dry with the included dry bag.  Set off from the beautiful beach of Mikros Gialos, and paddle southeast along the coast. Keep your energy up with coffee, biscuits, and fruit. Observe unique geological formations and learn about then and local history from your guide.  Reach the Blue Cave thorugh a hidden entrance and enjoy its ethereal blue light. Stop at numerous stunning swimming spots along the way. Snorkel in a spot where there is a seabed blanketed in large red starfish. Return to Mikros Gialos beach at the end of your tour. 

Nydri: Boat Cruise to Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Agiofilli

5. Nydri: Boat Cruise to Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Agiofilli

Swim at 3 beaches that can only be accessed by boat on this tour to Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Agiofilli beach from Nydri. Snap pictures of the Greek coast and spot marine wildlife. Depart from the port of Nidri in the morning. Admire the small green islands that dot the deep blue bay. Stop at Egremni beach where the boat will stop for two hours of soaking up the sun on this pristine, remote beach. Sail to the western part of Lefkada to swim for an hour at Porto Katsiki. Head to Agiofilli for an afternoon dip. Marvel at the views on your return to Nydri.

Lefkada: Full Day Sea Kayaking Tour

6. Lefkada: Full Day Sea Kayaking Tour

Hop in a kayak for a full day of exploring in the crystalline waters around the Lefkada Archipelago, known to be one of the most protected and calm seas in the world. Go on a cave tour, snorkel around a coral reef, and make pit stops for snacks and lunch on remote beaches.   Meet your guide at the Nydri Port and start by familiarizing yourself with the kayaking equipment. Paddle three miles up the coast to Red Rock Beach where you will stop for a swim and have snacks to keep you energized. Check out the mythic caves of Messini before paddling towards the island of Meganisi. Make a 45-minute stop on the uninhabited island of Thilia for snorkeling and lunch. Explore Meganisi, a relatively undiscovered island off the west coast of the Greek mainland. From there, head to Skorpios, a private island owned by the family of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Finally, kayak the perimeter of the island of Madouri before returning back to Nydri Port.

Nydri: Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Swim Stops & Meal

7. Nydri: Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Swim Stops & Meal

Discover the small paradise islands of Lefkada on a luxurious sailboat cruise. Enjoy a carefree day as the captain pulls the anchor and takes you out to sea. Take a dip in the water, try local food, and admire stunning views as you sail along. Meet your captain and board the sailboat to have a cup of coffee with a view of the bay. Leaving Nydri behind, reach your first stop, a secluded beach. After spending time swimming in the warm waters come back on board for an optional breakfast. Continue on to another nearby island to enjoy more swimming in turquoise waters. Admire the natural beauty of the islands and try to spot dolphins and seals following the boat. Have the opportunity to snorkel and take underwater photos with a camera lent to you by the captain or just relax under the sun on the beach. When you are ready for lunch come on board and enjoy a complimentary drink and delicious local cuisine served by the friendly crew. After the meal, sail to the last stop of the cruise. If weather permits, raise the sails so that you feel the freedom of sailing with the wind. As you soak in the beautiful scenery enjoy your afternoon coffee and some fresh fruit before you return to the port of Nidri in the early evening.

Lefkada: Guided Half-Day Island Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour

8. Lefkada: Guided Half-Day Island Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour

Discover the diverse natural attractions of Lefkada from the vantage point of a stand-up paddleboard. On this unique half-day guided tour, embark on a sightseeing adventure filled with paddling, diving, and swimming in the pristine waters of Rouda Bay. Visit places also frequented by marine life. Begin your tour with a brief orientation on the activity and equipment preparation. Set out from Makros Gialos Beach and paddle to a cave with a small beach inside that serves as a winter home for seals. The deep waters of the caves around Rouda are also an inviting home for turtles and dolphins. Paddle onwards to arrive at Persistera Beach, accessible only by water. Pause to swim in the crystal-clear water in this beautiful setting. Further on, continue to the western cape of the bay, where you can make a splash with some aerial diving from the natural heights. Afterwards, rest for a moment with the balmy ocean air on your cheeks and regain your energy with a snack of coffee, fruit, biscuits, and juice. Next, explore the eastern cape and admire its limestone slopes. Peer inside a final cave before paddling homewards.

Mikros Gialos: Lefkada Guided Kayak Tour with Refreshments

9. Mikros Gialos: Lefkada Guided Kayak Tour with Refreshments

Paddle through the turquoise waters of Lefkada island on this kayaking tour from Mikros Gialos. Visit the hidden Blue Cave and Fteri beach. Use the included high-quality snorkeling gear to explore the underwater world. Keep your things dry with the included dry bag.  Set off from the beautiful beach of Mikros Gialos, and paddle southeast along the coast. Hear about different geological phenomena that you encounter. Find out about local history along the way Fteri beach. Keep your energy up with coffee, biscuits, and fruit. Have time to enjoy the white sand and bright blue water in this remote swimming cove. Relax on the sand, snorkel thorugh the water, or bring your own lunch to enjoy a picnic on this stunning beach.  Make your way back to your starting point, but make numerous swimming stops on the way. Snorkel in a spot where there is a seabed blanketed in large red starfish. Venture into a blue cave to bask in its otherworldly light. 

From Lefkada: Half-Day Kayak Tour to Meganisi Island

10. From Lefkada: Half-Day Kayak Tour to Meganisi Island

Spend half a day kayaking around Lekfaka and Meganisi Islands on a guided tour. Explore the hidden Blue Cave, eat lunch on the sandy beach at Agios Ioannis, and snorkel in the clear Mediterranean waters. Your journey begins at the picturesque beach of Mikros Gialos. Jump in your kayak and head southeast along the coast. As you paddle towards Meganisi Island, hear about the area's history and geological makeup from your local guide. When you spot a secluded beach, stop paddling and gear up for snorkeling. Swim in the crystal clear waters with the colorful bright red starfish before hopping back in your kayak. Land at the beach of Agios Ioannis. Go for a swim in the refreshing water, sunbathe on the sandy beach, and enjoy a delicious Mediterranean lunch. After your meal, head back to Mikros Gialos. Along the way, stop to explore the Blue Cave via a secret entrance.

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What people are saying about Lefkada

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 216 reviews

The cruise was very nice. A large boat which made our voyage smooth. The stops were good and surely take advantage of the swim stops. Note the direction of the sun if you need to worry about it as it gets quite hot. Only issue was that we were not on the inventory of passengers. But they let us on board when I showed them the online booking confirmation.

Perfect comfortable pace, really peaceful way to experience the sea. Confident & friendly guides. You can only enter the blue cave by kayak or swimming, even with a group it feels unique. Thank you for a great trip!

Great day on the water. Three perfect swimming spots and a delicious lunch. We were very well looked after by Lucas and Theo. We would highly recommend!

A really great day out. Family run boat, excellent swimming stops and a substantial, tasty lunch. Highly recommended.

Nice experience: swimming in clear blue waters, good information from guide and a good lunch.